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the job made for mines. her. last winter in moscow. thousands of people lined up in the middle of the night to be a part of an old ritual. of the russian soul where do you see going on with which we are facing god makes a strong the serviette out the other a yetta. something resembling a baptism for adults is taking place next to a church. the faithful take a quick dip in ice cold water. to the earth home during the
soviet era this russian orthodox ritual to mark a pit and all that disappeared now it's being revived. this is not just about face it's a way to show the world but russia is capable of. russian television is here to show president vladimir putin taking the plunge. 400 kilometers from moscow the man who serves as a role model for his country and has the chilly water where he's. got. this ritual goodnights russians in different parts of the country. and the faithful are impressed that their president is leading by example. with both the brought about the love of a good russian a religious russian if you spray people to his roots his countrymen
a system in which he let us. want to bring about peace for us you need someone to lead the way. and that's flat on your part of what you believe many things that were banned in the soviet union are now presented with pride including cossacks traditions. not far from red square are the offices of saw grad t.v. a broadcaster that propagates a return to traditional values. even in the lobby it's clear who has the say here the president of the patriarch of moscow and all russia. the broadcaster was founded by constantine have an orthodox businessman and putin ally here journalists criticize western
decadence and declare homosexuality to be a cardinal sin and so are grad t.v.'s biggest star is host under a often nasty have. that's always true to your he's considered one of the best and definitely have well equipped and russian say in the world. the main specialty of it is a ham brain that i can all for jesus to create or it's one of one of the symbols of our channel. in 2017 andre afanasy have made international headlines when he produced a video offering the russian homosexuals a free one way ticket to the us. he's a jew from which this is not a joke we really want you to move there where you can openly submit to your servants. i.
saw our grad t.v. says these kinds of pieces have increased viewer numbers substantially those are the broadcaster claims a quarter of all russians have watched its programs at least once. the us that's a young video if i'm underage often i see you welcome to the russian answer to. the program spike for family values and against abortion and they depicts the west as decadent and corrupt. these are also favorite topics of owner constantine not a fear of. the 45 year old business tycoon amassed his wealth through banking and internet companies. people call him the orthodox oligarchs though he sees himself as a marxist he's also said to be interact contact with vladimir putin. put him in my house they're from to substitute for the term for this moment there because what he's doing right now it would be the best what. could be done by born
star. hitler signifies himself with russia. to pass the sense of patriotism an orthodoxy on to the next generation constantine has also founded a school the st basil the great school is located in an upscale neighborhood in moscow. 400 pupils attend classes in what resembles a palace the school is a training ground for russia's future elites the walls are lined with images of past czars and famous russian writers constant reminders of the pre-revolutionary russian empire. the point was you know for children true no more space paintings. and dates it's given something to your hearts and to your mind to run and if you are not meshing has been your module always for the remember
you know some some nice you know it back to russian history. of to make sure nothing distracts from the special atmosphere cell phones aren't allowed at the same basel the great school for just over $1000.00 euros a month even young children get to learn all about tradition including church slavonic which is still used in orthodox services. where it's a volunteer like church the phonic was if it was. along with the classical education pupils are also taught good manners proper etiquette and dancing. the way 15 year old barbara is the daughter of an oil company c. and o. she's attended the school for 4 years. not too bad.
i proceed i only turn. i think they're doing so and this traditional dance was very popular in the 19th century. and we're practicing it for our schools anniversary celebrations was when our parents and many other guests will be clear voice. celebrated in the style of the imperial era the ball is one of the highlights of the school year barbara will also dance before the watchful eyes of school founder constantine around here. i'll admit i'm
a bit nervous at the most but after the dress rehearsal there will be less stress and at the ball i'll be much better for that your sister. barbara lives in an exclusive residential area not far from the school with her parents and her younger brother. room is decorated with russian icons but recently barbara has also been learning to play the guitar and her walls are also covered with posters of rock bands which aren't on the curriculum at the st basil the great school. for someone wishing i'm a completely normal teenager distillate i listen to alternative rock like ramstein 3 days grace and green day. and there's a magic dragons and my chemical romance she made the rainbow flags which symbolize the l g b t pride movement herself. i knew my parents don't know what these colors mean and
all at school they tell us that homosexuality is something bad. but i think that all people are equal if. you don't. doesn't even if someone has black skin or a different sexual orientation they should be respected and loved with your view wishing you're with them you. know. this evening barbara's parents are hosting a dinner party her father andre is cooking a specialty from siberia where he grew up. so this is siberian sturgeon was the favorite dish of people in the north. that although if we lived in the north for 40 years my parents moved there in their youth in the days when it was still the soviet union also i would cyril.
andre trained as a geologist he worked for an oil company and rose through the ranks until he became its c.e.o. now he belongs to the russian elite. one of the delicious. she barbara's mother anastasio is also preparing a siberian specialty. at the beijing library impel many dumplings filled with ground russians he loves and that's just. another married couple and barbers grandparents have been invited for dinner. and of course there's lots to drink 6 years i wish you luck and love the other but we're glad you're here. it is up. here in russia it's a tradition to say
a toast before drinking another glass. as for that poll says the us will hold our shores and you drink to your big family may it remain united that's what's most valuable the houses of worship or the sand that you honor tradition to you in your specific things we've known each other so long because that's not. maybe these russians are so focused on tradition because their recent history has been so chaotic for many change breeds fear the bullshit that in russian history is every major changes lead to violence. if you please could you do any preaching to those who believe we've always had bloody revolution losing to crews. with many deaths and lives shattered. ligi should you. hear they're all put in supporters mainly because russia has enjoyed sustained
economic growth during his rule. since 1909 the average income has increased 10 fold more using your assumption and today we have more faith in the future. the country has stabilized. we feel protected in every way you can make money legally stability is the most important thing. but putin doesn't just have the wealthy upper class behind him he can also rely on the support of a legendary slavic people known for their courage and fighting skills the cossacks . their troops on horseback once defended russia's borders and spread fear among opponents and religious minorities. rostov on don in southern russia is the center of don cossack culture. grigori is 15 years old his father and his grandfather were cossacks his life's a game is to defend his homeland. in
which everyone must decide if he's a patriot or not. so today russia is subject to many dangers from abroad but. somebody is a she should i have to defend my motherland one day. i mean prepared to sacrifice my life with. the stories we need to instill. grigori has already internalized the cossacks values of patriotism militarism and orthodoxy. it's a mixture that matches vladimir putin's conservative ideals. grigori as a cadet at the highly regarded shakti cossacks school. here $220.00 young men are preparing for their military service. well how this will go off and therefore pale the flags of the russian federation and the rest of
regional jets go record. in soviet times cossacks were oppressed after the iron curtain collapsed their culture began to flourish again putin officially integrated them into the russian army this school is publicly funded but let me. i expect our president to hold the country together and ensure our welfare system must immediately. today is most important duty is the security of our country and one must see to it that there is peace in our nation. because what's happening at our borders frightens us. any. good gori and his fellow
peoples have the same curriculum as in other russian schools they study everything from math to literature but here there's a special focus on history specifically the history of the cossacks because look at some. of what i said not. what. the. global warming isn't good for the cossacks your head covering as a question of honor of our forefathers only removed it to pray when they entered a church or were communing with god. let's just. get that across that died on the battlefield he was never buried with his cassock. it was always brought to his widow. to be the one if you will the. along with the uniforms and weapons pupils are also told about their forefathers heroic deeds
grigori and his friends are proud of these stories. but just because the venue because they came in the cossacks played a key role in almost all the wars. of boy they were the 1st to go into battle. it's because of them that russia was so powerful was just old could be could. so at the school they also put theory into practice they reenact historical battles to internalise heroic feeds from bygone days. this was a car that's come here. for school director vitali it's an indispensable exercise. but the score go boom we want your bread isn't enough we have to put on the uniforms of our forefathers and use their weapons and march for kilometers in the same conditions you'll meet you killing mutely we have to
withstand cold and snow storms for war that's the only way to learn our history you can though your numbers but. i. was after an hour of drills in temperatures of minus 15 degree celsius the cossacks students can finally warm up but before they eat they have to pray. it's sad to share. what i. hear what you're saying it's a big issue it's a commotion just me i want to share this adventure with my comrades so if he ever need me i'll help them out but i feel connected to them and perhaps will serve in the same regiment. of i have names for fitness.
now the older students are doing bodybuilding their big role model is glad i'm here putin. knows what is good in a strong man for you. when you're still here see as a strong character this is him you're going into the speech physically and mentally strong. much just one of the saudis even a martial arts master with the most prestigious award system that's all you can lead a country of 150000000 people you know them or they just it's only you can help our country advance and develop what your is your what's. yours is just i don't see anyone who can equal him. good or replace him as president. yes. like every weekend grigori is packing his things.
tomorrow he's going home it's a 200 kilometer trip. he lives in a small town of some 8000 people in this house. miss you so much. i miss you too. these. are gorgeous parents are divorced. his mother yelena works in a medical lab and earns around 300 euros a month. when her son comes home she lets him sleep in the only bad. it is it was a live broadcast my brother was just going to school because he's a soldier in a special forces unit it's nice you'll notice you do it as you do you know he's my role model. that's what a real man and soldier should be like the beach. the way you approach the chilly.
yelena does worry about her boys but her love for her country is paramount. and the most important thing is that my sons defend our nation. and they must be prepared to sacrifice themselves for their comrades if necessary. is this i've raised my sons to be real men. because. she thinks putin is a good president. he supports the revival of also doxy and has had many churches built for us cossacks that's important. since putin has been in power the russian orthodox church has enjoyed a noticeable revival. in the last 2 decades around a 1000 churches have been restored or rebuilt each year. many were destroyed during stalin's rule. since 201165 churches have been erected in moscow alone another 150 are in the planning. the idea is for every
muscovite to have a house of worship within easy reach. the moscow patriarchate has even been offered the city's green spaces as building sites . the conflict has erupted between residents and church leaders over the tough young park in northern moscow. on the one side or priests and the faithful who are staking their claim by holding regular man. says here. on the other side are angry locals who don't want to lose their park on the spot but here natasha is the group's spokeswoman for 2 years she's been fighting to have the construction stopped or at least postponed.
the shows or there are already 4 churches in this district this would be the 5th why did they have to destroy the park when there are already so many people. recently natasha and her friends were attacked by a group of thugs. nearby doing just what i was punched in the head they gave me a black eye and broke my bra bones welcome to because generally because i filed a police report i received threats will kill you in the name of our faith. little on. the other protesters were beaten up too but to date the police have stood idly by you know like you know it so i want to ask you if many of us were attacked and injured by s.s. type thoughts yet nothing was done about it. why don't you would russia we're not going to. eat.
any of. the group which calls itself 40 times 40 is protected by the authorities. it acts on behalf of the orthodox church the name 40 times 40 refers to the $1600.00 churches that were said to exist in moscow before the revolution former hooligans and martial artists comprise the armed twin of the orthodox church. the group holds president putin in high esteem and claims to act. in russia's interest these teens show 40 times 40 s violent intervention a tour for young. in their own way they demonstrate the growing power of the russian orthodox church was was at it was. we meet members of the group. one of its leaders invited us to
a church. in the basement they're practicing martial arts. beforehand they also pray here. with our sympathy and welcome. all. the way to cumberland lined up to pray. option national recently missing the city at sea with her the plea gets us to the woodward affair will be seen as a mini flip national solution it doesn't the group is comprised of a colorful mix of students police officers and i t experts like. twice a week they gather here to train after work. for the family so let's go now to. her thoughts and keep moving. feeling you know. what archie and tells us that to defend their conservative faith they need to be physically fit. single source
articles with cigarettes and it will work for emblem is up here but there is an orthodox knight who defends the russian church with a sword in a field so it's a good thing for a muslim it's there to get over it or push the world so so much longer than most of the orthodoxy in our country are important to us we're going to see alters the motion you are seeing. during the soviet era such emblems were forbidden. now they're being used to when the faithful respect the bush and those dives i should say so i we have to protect our members in our cathedrals i think if someone attacks us or makes fun of holy things then we have to try to defend them with a book in which we must defend the thing of that with all of the good report that's in the schechter or. i. think over time 40 times 40 have made themselves into sponsible.
you know as far as you know that place we're taking on more and more do easter. at 1st we only defended holy sites or she just says that now we also help with the patriarchs church services will disappear after that. on the same evening 40 times 40 will be on duty at a ceremonial mass attended by then prime minister dimitri meant to be and if. the cathedral of christ the savior moscow's largest cathedral is heavily guarded only invited guests are allowed in. and that's it this is the invitation and if you needed to get an awful lot of moving around well you can almost live where i got it that's a secret to a difference he used to like head. i
chum and his friends don't need an invitation. around a dozen people from their group are in attendance. to officially they're here as stewards for little cushion for a real crazy thing reverses going to what i can. see. was the cathedral is full of security personnel. the church service is being transmitted live on television. was. then prime minister dmitri medvedev has come to hear patriarch kirill sermon in person. the. trochee. presence is a good omen. the. culture of russia
start anew somewhere with our best times were always when political power in. church where united the sun little as long as this alliance lasts nothing can happen to us of this star nation with the rights. that you give us here to represent glad i'm here putin who is attending a celebration in st petersburg. especially for cable number of christians like it that when there's an orthodox believer it should so he supports the church and that's very valuable the loss of fortune so. in spite of their violent methods and his friends are welcome here. 40 times 40 enjoys the support of the church and likely that of the authorities to. at least that's the opinion of the demonstrators protesting against the
construction of the church in moscow's trophy on the park. the attacks against them were never investigated. and the touching afghanis have been targeted again and again. the result will bowl got a car almost nonstop to see in the middle of the night we suddenly heard someone sawing at our door to the aid of a truck it's not secure woodstock my husband opened it and 15 masked men stormed in and pointed their guns at us or the movie just as i hit them several special units were involved in searching our house including the secret service is this the couldn't see if it was bid to see a saw they were all after us. yevgeny and 8 other activists each received unwelcome visitors who were accompanied by t.v. crews. clearly these home searches were meant to serve as warnings.
but since you have danny began receiving death threats over the internet he now fears for his life. i want the usual to come talk to me one guy from 40 times 40 wrote that he's digging a grave for me in the park and that he plans to bury me there. because when i went to the police they said come back when you're dead no good to be printed. but death threats are no laughing matter in russia. journalists lawyers and politicians have all been victims of deadly attacks. many still remember the assassination of opposition politician boris nemtsov just steps from the kremlin. soft served as deputy prime minister of russia under boris yeltsin. he later criticized the corruption under vladimir putin and. the funeral procession from
that south turned into a protest march against putin. but the russian president denied any responsibility for the killing. of 52 year old engineer wants to make sure the murder isn't forgotten. at the studio i wrote a poem for them so. in full. the public should be your reward for telling the truth that was getting hit with 4 bullets that were about to go. like chorus no soft hopes that post communist russia would develop into a democratic society. he's never belong to a political party included. but he's protesting against what he views as a politically motivated murder. and all the while there are people at the top who can contract their subordinates to murder opposition leaders. of today were governed by terrorists sure that. once
a week holds a night long vigil. his daughter and son in law worry about him. yes book or no social or come back safe and sound which turns to genesis as you say that and then you call us from the pay station to come get you the true you are no the police department well. exactly and that's not the only danger yes. but even numerous arrests haven't dissuaded. on this monday he'll once again spend hours in the cold to keep the memory of one of lattimer putin's most vocal critics alive. 50 kilometers to reach the site of the murder the bolshoi mosque for at steve
bridge near the kremlin. they asked you to call how long have you been or just recently has the march across the news that it's ok we were a bit late anyways. together they've created a modest memorial. one little just one minute to go. to them so if was murdered at 11 31 pm. what state. they observe a minute of silence in front of the walls of the kremlin. heroic . heroes don't die. give you only earth.
a few passers by stopped to express their support he wasn't killed because he was against. against bolton it's so well very clear. and everybody knows who killed him. except our judges. that's a very sad story very sad story for a bunch of 5 chechens acting as contract killers were jailed but there's been no investigation into who ordered the hit. and i'm not upset sure that i'm any safer when i speak to you i. was at the start of the site is clean very often to drive would be protesters away.
and his friends take turns guarding the memorial 7 days a week around the clock. time and again their vigil has been attacked by ultranationalist one of them struck down all this husband. beats him but not enough was gold's as a man came up to evander and asked you don't like putin you do your shot of i didn't want to look this budget on and said why should i like him. but then the man his him and ran off. i just told you that. yvonne was taken to the hospital where he died of heart failure. since then his wife has attended the vigil on her own.
less than 3 years after numb softs assassination another opposition politician was prevented from taking part in the russian presidential elections. protesters chanted down with putin's. alexina vonne they made a name for himself blogging against corruption he planned to challenge gooden in the 2018 election but was barred from running due to a conviction for a legit embezzle meant. convinced the kremlin leadership fears him. at this rally was arrested and held for 8 hours authorities said the rally hadn't been approved. supporters were furious and chanted russia without putin.
i believe i said i was here because it destroyed our outreach by. russia without. knowing let's look. like i've. done with the saw our. lives i. wasn't going to survive or sloan's i don't those that you'll get the other city official today who has the new saw our heads. what else can you call someone who's been in power for almost 20 years. that's not. to say i don't think russia has degenerated into nothing more than a feudal country that's ruled with bayonets clubs and crossers. pushed. down to yvonne is just 16 kids not to vent
his anger in front of the windows of the kremlin but hundreds of police officers are blocking the way. to. what use is unfortunately putin's one again today because there aren't enough of us . during his 19 years in power glad amir putin has a limited his most dangerous opponents. his united russia party holds close to 3 quarters of the seats in the state duma. one of putin's most faithful m.p.'s is fatality malone and. he's the architect of russia's gay propaganda law which has cost many teachers their jobs.
so that means that you cannot address just so off to an infant saying that. that's sort of me southern me is a normal way of life that's what it's absolutely assured by the best majority of russians so we put this tradition into legislation. the gay propaganda law was passed almost unanimously with just one abstention. the european court of human rights has ruled that discriminatory. malone of comes from st petersburg the former russian capital is also the birthplace of latin near putin's. long known as russia's window to the west st petersburg is home to many sexual
minorities. but gay bars aren't recognisable from the outside. they don't advertise or fly rainbow flags. in a modest apartment on the edge of the city lives a man who is waging his own personal war on homosexuals. he's a jeweler by day. but at night he takes on the role of a criminal investigator he tracks down. using the internet we relay what she didn't know what you know if i see teachers on a gay or lesbian website when i find out where they work and contact the interior ministry if you are not under any legal action is taken against them when you that would have so sometimes they just quit on their own well to show to more doesn't require much evidence one photo on the net is enough which it is
a. look at this music teacher. or she pictured here with her girlfriend would be her clearly lesbian and peoples can see that she published all or photos now she's been fired one of she even went abroad to escape the pressure we're cause of it on you. to more claims he's caused 70 educators to be sacked so far. due to his activities he's now barred from entering the u.s. and the e.u. . meanwhile in the ritzy area of moscow where barbara lives her family is looking forward to the school ball. or mother has hired a hairdresser to make sure barber shines in front of putin's friends.
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